Founded in 1988, Volunteers Assisting the Disabled (VAD) is a non-profit organization devoted to assist with services that the MDA can no longer provide. Our purpose is to raise and maintain funds to sponsor activities and services for patients with one of the 40+ forms of muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders. Our services include assisting with the cost of mobility equipment, accessible van repairs, ramping a house, and more. Our primary mission is to continue to provide a summer camp program for adults, which was eliminated for patients over 18 years of age by the MDA.
VAD felt the need to continue a camp program was strong since most adults cannot afford vacations or weekends away. Camp is one place where everyone can have fun, hang out with friends and participate on equal ground. In addition, many of these adults do not have friends or family who can properly care for their physical needs. Because of this, they are confined to their homes, group homes or nursing homes in which they live.
The members of VAD have worked very hard to make this happen. A lot of work goes into preparation all year so that there will be food, lodging, medical staff and equipment, attendants to help with the care, and entertainment for the campers. There is no charge for attending camp. A typical week at camp for 50 campers, plus their attendants and staff, cost VAD approximately $25,000.
We are proud that we have enjoyed over 20 years of VAD camp. Through the years, we have been extremely fortunate to have some good people help us raise money for VAD by having car washes, bake sales, candy sales, bowl-a-thons, garage sales, spaghetti dinners, car cruises, dinner dances, chili cook offs, and golf outings. These events, along with contributions from many companies, organizations and personal donations are how VAD has continued to fund the needs of our patients.
VAD members spend hundreds of hours each year acquiring donations for VAD. With the help and support from caring individuals like you, we can continue to offer these services to our patients and they can continue to look forward to camp each year.